So, yes… I am moving across the country in a few weeks. As some of you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting as regularly this summer, and the main reason is this move. Moving is stressful, even more so when you won’t have a place to live until just before you have to move. AND on top of that, I have all these books to deal with.
One of the first things a person is bound to ask me when I tell them I’m moving to New York is, “But what will you do with your books?” and it always catches me off guard. Because it’s not like I can just dispose of my library and live without any books in my apartment. Not to mention the hundreds of dollars spent over the years while that collection grew. It takes dedication to tend my bookshelves.
Maybe it’s just a book-people problem, but my books can also have intense sentimental value, depending on how much I enjoyed reading it. That’s one of the reasons why I refer to my books as a collection. So no, I can’t just leave half of them behind. It’s going to be a pain in the ass to pack them all up and haul them up and down staircases, I’m not arguing against that. But I don’t think a place could feel like home if the bookshelves were bare. Books give a place character! I often think of the movie Kissing Jessica Stein when I worry about having enough space for my books. To me, the film’s most memorable shots and sequences were simple pan-shots and establishing shots that showed Jessica’s book-filled apartment. She has enough books in her Manhattan studio apartment that she’s run out of shelf space. Yet, the place feels cozy.
Anyway, I know I’m rambling so I’m going to cut it short. I love my books. They’re pretty: nice to look at and nice to hold. They can serve as decoration for an otherwise-bland space. I will be gathering some to donate before I leave, but for the most part, they’re coming with me. And to leave you with, two famous John Waters bookish quotes :
“Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em. Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!”
Words to live by.